New York is an amazing place to visit, and New York City is always filled with life. One of the main reasons that people travel here is because of the excitement. People also decide to live here for the same reason. While in the city you might have need of a rental car. It can be a convenient solution when you don’t own a car or when you are visiting. However, having an accident in a rental car is a totally different story. Where do you even begin? A rental car accident lawyer can help you determine the right steps to take. If you have been in a rental car accident, we recommend that you seek out legal representation immediately. The sooner you get started, the stronger your case will be.
I rented the car, but I don’t have insurance.
New York is a no-fault state, meaning that your own insurance should cover your injuries and damages. However, if you don’t have insurance, what do you do? If you have totaled the rental car you are responsible for repaying what you owe. Sometimes your credit card will cover your rental, but what if you have no coverage? An experienced rental car attorney can help you figure out your next steps. If you weren’t at fault, or only partially at fault, we can get you compensation for your injuries and the damage to the rental. If you were at fault, then you could be responsible for compensating other victims for damages and injuries.
Filing claims with rental companies can be difficult.
If you’ve ever had an accident, you’ll know that insurance companies can be difficult. However, this is before you’ve had the experience of dealing with a rental company. If you were insured under the rental company’s policy the coverage might not be what you expect. So, you need someone that can go through your contract to see what your coverage is. Also, if you’re renting a car for long-term, most credit card companies won’t cover any damages. There are many factors in having an accident in a rental car. An experienced rental car accident attorney can help you throughout the entire process of your claim and lawsuit.
Can I sue the rental car company?
No. If you’ve been in an accident with another vehicle, that was a rental, using the rental car company might seem like an option. However, in most cases, the rental car company is not liable for your injuries. The person that is driving the car is responsible for the injuries and damages. So, if you are driving a rental car and are at-fault in an accident, other drivers might sue you for compensation.
Can the rental car company ever be at fault?
Actually, the answer to this is sometimes. If it is found that the car you were driving wasn’t safe on the road, the rental car company could be at fault. So, if the car should have been maintained, but it wasn’t, then the rental car company could be liable. However, you will have to prove that the accident occurred because the car didn’t perform. Another time that the rental car company could be negligent is when they rent the car. If a rental car company rents a car to someone without a license and they run into you, then the rental car company is responsible. Typically, you will only be able to bring a lawsuit against the driver of the car.
How do you select the right attorney?
Now that you know how complicated the process can be, you know you need a good attorney. How do you know whom to pick? Not every attorney is the same, and you need someone with experience in rental car liability. Gary Falkowitz is experienced and has handled numerous rental carcasses, so he can handle yours and get you the best settlement possible. If you have an under-experienced lawyer, you’re jeopardizing your settlement. You deserve fair compensation, and that’s what we strive to achieve.
Why should you hire an attorney?
If you haven’t realized by now, accidents, in general, are overwhelming. You have so many things going on at the same time, and you aren’t professionally trained to handle anything. A lawyer has experience handling lawsuits and isn’t personally involved in the case. So, they can look at things objectively and lead you in the best direction. Not to mention, that lawyers have years of education on top of their work experience. Finally, lawyers have been dealing with insurance companies for years. One of the worst parts of any accident is dealing with the insurance company. You deserve to have someone handling this for you instead of stressing about getting your compensation.
If you or someone you know has suffered from a rental car accident, it’s time to call a professional. Contact us today to set up an appointment to discuss the details of your case.